With the forecast looking unseasonably cold this weekend INTO early next week, the general vibe is that resorts are ‘seeing the window stay open’ toward extending their seasons. The nice part about this upcoming cold front is that all the open resorts will feel the ‘chill’.

Keep in mind, that it could have just as easily gone the other way, at this time of year. Let’s take a look at how the snowfall is stacking up in the Canaan Valley, according to David Lesher . . .

“The 95 inches of snowfall so far this winter as of this date is more than 50 inches behind the long term average. Of the 18 winters of snowfall observations here, the only winter with less snowfall than the current one as of March 10 is 2001-2002.”

I would say if there is one place that can ‘weather’ a less than average snowfall winter, it’s in cold, Canaan Valley . . . Remember when Canaan set a record and hit -19.xF! And it looks like snow is in the forecast there this weekend (Friday night/Saturday/early next week). The Valley (along with everywhere else) might just ‘go out like lion’ after all!

WV will see some warming southern winds today . . . the big chill arrives tomorrow!

  • Snowshoe Mountain: 
    • “Conditions are going to be nice and soft which is great for beginners or if you are wanting to learn something new in the park and also just throwing out some fun turns on the trails.”
    • Last Day of the Ridiculous Pass Sale . . . “Don’t miss the Ridiculous Pass Sale! Lock in unlimited skiing/riding for the rest of this season and the ENTIRE 2019/20 season for just $259. Sale ends TODAY!!”
    • This Sunday . . . Slight Chance of Snow Showers
  • Canaan Valley Resort:
    • Most northern resort sure feels like spring today (High of 68F) . . . “We are looking at another beautiful day on our mountain to close out the final week of the season.”
    • This weekend is a winner! . . . “We hope to see you on the mountain this weekend to close out a great season!”
      • Friday Night: New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
      • Saturday: New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
  • Winterplace: 
    • 23 runs open on 26-48″ groomed base.
    • Saturday . . . “isolated light snow showers develop across the N/NE counties of the region.”

Wisp has snow and snow making temps in store for this weekend

  • Wisp: 
    • 28 runs open (26 groomed). Ungroomed on (intermediate) Randalls Run and (expert) The Face.
    • Friday Night: “New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.”
    • Saturday: “New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.”

VA has extended their season . . . 

  • Wintergreen: “Conditions are so great we’re adding a bonus weekend!”End of Season Hours of Operation:Wednesday, March 13 – Sunday, March 17: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Monday, March 18 – Thursday, March 21: Closed
    Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Ski and Splash Bash . . . “This weekend is a big party. We’ll turn Dobie into a huge terrain park and we’ll have the annual pond skimming challenge. It’s great fun for everyone. Break out your craziest costume and join the ski and splash bash.”
  • Massanutten: “100% open – partly sunny with with highs in the mid 60s.”
    • Earn your turns . . . “The J – Bar will be closed today but the CMB Terrain park will remain open for those choosing to earn their turns (hiking only).”
    • Nice looking forecast ahead . . . “More seasonal temps arrive for the weekend with low temps in the uppper 20s and highs temps forecasted in the lower 40s with abundant sunshine.”
    • Late season plans . . . “We plan to operate daily through Mar 18, close Mar 19-21, and re-open Mar 22-24.”
  • Bryce: Operating on 7 (of 8) runs. (expert) Hangover is, well . . . over.
    • No official word from Bryce on extending their season, but we heard from Ski Patrol that they are staffing for next week. Here is what we got from them . . .
      • Monday, March 18th THROUGH Friday, March 22nd: 10AM TO 3PM.

Despite warm temps this week, NC still has the largest base depths throughout the region

  • Appalachian Ski Mountain: 56-114″ (groomed) base depth . . . “Get those laps in while you can! We are still 100% open with great snow coverage”
    • Terrain Park(s) continues its progression . . . Features include small, medium and large jumps. Up flat rail, goal post tower, flat-down shotgun, pill and s-rail.
  • Cataloochee: 
    • 40-75″ of base still . . . Today we will be skiing and riding on a base of 40-75″ on 14 slopes and offer one session: day skiing from 9am-4:30pm with a morning or afternoon half day rate available.
  • Beech Mountain: 36-78″ base depth.
    • Don’t miss one of the best events at Beech this year . . . Easy does it!!

Ober has a wind advisory until 8pm tonight . . . no impact at all for skiing/riding/tubing.

  • Ober:  “It is looking to be a beautiful day for spring skiing & snowboarding!”
    • We will have 3 sessions today: Full day:Noon-9pm, Twilight: 3-9, Night 5-9.
    • END OF SEASON UPDATE:  We will continue to operate our ski/snowboard slopes daily as long as we can, potentially through March 17th.  This week, we will operate Today-Friday, Noon-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-7pm.

That’s all for today.

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Rudy Ryback
Outdoor enthusiast, skier, snowboarder and telemark skier. Yes, I like to mix it up. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder I became an alternate athlete on the National Championship Ski team. I have had a passion for snow sports my whole life, and that fire continues to burn bright. I spent six years as an instructor at Hidden Valley ski area and loved sharing the gift of skiing and snowboarding with others.Since moving to Western NC I average about 30 days per year at the local mountains and I'm excited about being a part of the SkiSoutheast team.